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Lent episode 6: Social Evolution & Lent
Episode 618th July 2021 • The British Food History Podcast • Neil Buttery
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*Best listened to on the fifth Sunday of Lent*

In the penultimate episode of the first season, we look at what goes on in the fifth Sunday of Lent, which was called Carlin Sunday in some parts of Britain, a day when carlin (aka black) peas were traditionally eaten. Neil goes on a trip to Bury Market to seek them out and hopefully get a taste.

We also find out about how social evolution theory can explain why Lent exists, and Neil has another chat with Professor Matthew Cobb of Manchester University about how the source of our morals are our genes themselves.

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Written and presented by Dr Neil Buttery

Produced by Beena Khetani

Made in Manchester by Sonder Radio

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